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Civics: Design’s Duty

August 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

What is a designer’s duty as a human, professional, and citizen?

Mike Monteiro, Pamela Pavliscak, John Bielenberg, and Jenn Downs discuss civic tech, design for social good, how to fight fascism, and the responsibility of the design and tech community in today’s America.

Please join us to raise money for the ACLU. 100% of all profits from this event will be donated to ACLU of North Carolina.


Mike Monteiro
Talk: How To Fight Fascism
Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design. He prefers elegant, simple sites with clear language that serve a real need. He prefers that designers have strong spines. Mike writes and speaks frequently about the craft and business of design.

He loves client services so much he wrote two books on the topic, Design is a Job and You’re My Favorite Client, both from A Book Apart. Mike received the 2014 Net award for Conference Talk of the Year for his inspirational polemic on responsibility, “How Designers Destroyed the World.”

Pamela Pavliscak
Pamela Pavliscak is founder of Change Sciences, an insights and innovation firm, and faculty at The Pratt Institute where she studies our emotional relationship with technology. Pamela works with organizations, ranging from IKEA to TIAA to the USDA, to design for well-being. She has spoken about emotions and technology at SXSW, TEDx, Web Summit, among other conferences. She serves on a global initiative to develop the IEEE standard for ethics and AI. Designing for Happiness, her book about how to create a tech future that contributes to our well-being, will be published by O’Reilly in fall 2017.

John Bielenberg
John Bielenberg is an American designer who has been recognized for innovative investigations into the practice and understanding of design and leadership in the “design for good” movement.

Bielenberg collaborated with Alex Bogusky and Ana Bogusky and Rob Schuham in 2010 to form COMMON, a brand that supports, connects and celebrates those designing for a new era of socially minded enterprise. Most recently, he partnered with Greg Galle to launch a firm called Future, which engages with organizations, institutions and companies to unlock the potential of human ingenuity.

In 2003, Bielenberg created Project M, an immersive program designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers and filmmakers by proving that their work can have a significant impact on communities. Project M has developed projects in Alabama, Baltimore, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Detroit, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Maine, Minneapolis and New Orleans.

Jenn Downs
Jenn Downs is the Director of User Experience Design at Points of Light and adores the web and what it can do for the world. She got her start in tech with MailChimp and is now an internationally welcomed speaker in the UX community.

​Jenn is a mentor for Code for America and invented the slightly awkward, yet truly helpful, Laptop Hugging Method for remote mobile testing.

Tickets/seating are limited to theater capcity of 180 – don’t be left out!


August 15, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St
Durham, NC 27701 United States